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K-Drama Review: Dear. M

Don’t worry, this is spoiler-free!

Whenever I can’t easily decide which drama to watch, I just look for them randomly without knowing the plot and actors. This way, I found some dramas I unexpectedly loved, and “Dear.M” was one of them.

REASONS TO WATCH “DEAR. M”

STORY

“Dear. M” is a 12-episode college romance drama released in June 2022.

At first, I thought it would be just a simple youth drama but it turned out to be something so great because it was so relatable. Every story of every character depicts a situation in everyone’s reality.

Ever had a one-sided love? Ever fallen for a long-time best friend? Ever had unexpected conflicts in what seems to be a perfect relationship? Ever had trust issues with someone you love?

The stories of the characters show how to get through all these circumstances and at the same time highlight the value and importance of family, friends, and dreams.

“Dear.M” isn’t just the title of the drama but also a symbolic part of the story as it is the title of the confession post of a student for his/her first love on a forum on the university’s website. The fun here is guessing the identity of the student who made this heart-fluttering post and finding out how his/her love story would turn out.

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CHARACTERS

Watching the drama with no expectations, I was surprised that I got attached to the characters quickly. I was so affected by the story, even getting anxious about how the story would end (Haha).

The cute friendship of the lead characters Ma Joo Ah (Park Hye Soo) and Cha Min Ho (Jeong Jae Hyun) is the focus of the drama, showing the dilemma of deciding to stay as good friends when someone develops romantic feelings for the other.

Joo Ah is a kind and bright girl who has never fallen in love and doesn’t have dating experience. As someone who doesn’t know what she wants to do in the future, she finally realizes her dream with the help of a guy who made her heart flutter.

Min Ho is a smart and talented student who is good at developing mobile applications. He is a loving brother who is determined to repay his sister for taking care of him. He had numerous relationships that don’t last longer than a month.

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There was great chemistry between the two actors. Hye Soo portrayed her endearing character so naturally. Jae Hyun, a member of the idol group NCT, showed so much potential in his debut drama. You can also look forward to hearing their beautiful singing here.

I got affected by the story of Seo Ji Min (Roh Jeong Eui) and Park Ha Neul (Bae Hyun Sung) the most. Known as the campus’ “Magnet Couple”, their once beautiful relationship will be tested by misunderstandings and trust issues. These two were so perfect, you can’t help but still root for them no matter what.

Hwang Bo Young (Woo Da Vi) and Gil Mok Jin (Lee Jin Hyuk) are very interesting characters, the unnie and oppa of the group. They give much-needed balance and stability while being involved in the complicated situations of the people around them.

You’ll meet more lovable characters that are also important parts of the drama, adding more confusion and conflicts, but most of all, happiness to the story.

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Moon Joon (Lee Jung Shik) and Min Yang Hee (Kwon Eun Bin) will be entangled with Joo Ah and Min Ho. Choi Ro Sa (Hwang Boreumbyeol) and Ban Yi Dam (Jo Joon Young) will be involved with Ji Min and Ha Neul.

The cast of “Dear.M“. Photo courtesy of KBS2.

My rating: 10/10

Simply because it’s a story that takes you back in time. It’s heartfelt and it’s not hard to relate to each and every character. A story that makes you laugh, cry, and squeal because of kilig. (And I wasn’t able to guess who wrote “Dear.M” correctly so that’s a huge plus!)

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